- If you hire a moving company they will
pack everything for you, however you should pack your important
paperwork and any sentimental items. If you have children
allow them to help by packing their toys.
- Make sure that you are there when the movers are packing
- Make sure that all boxes are clearly labeled on both the
top of the box and on at least one other side of each box.
Be sure the boxes are clearly labeled with which room they
should go into. If you are using movers label the bedrooms
at the new house the same way you labeled the boxes.
- If you want to save money and still use the movers you
could pack your stuff yourself.
- If you have any friends or family that have borrowed any
of your items this is the time to ask for them back. This
would also be a good time for you to return any items that
you have loaned from family and friends.
- If you have lots of books please consider either packing
them in lots of small boxes or spreading them out among
your furniture, such as cabinets and drawers.
- Do not store breakables or heavy items in drawers!
- Do not overload drawers.
- If you are using drawers to move things, please tie them
shut so that they do not fly open while moving. Using tape
is not a good idea because it may strip paint or varnish.
- Use thick tape and make a big "X" across mirrors
and picture glass so that if the glass is accidentally broken
during the move there is less glass to clean up.
- To remove sticky residue from tape and other adhesive
products you can use mineral oil, baby oil, meths oil, eucalyptus
oil, or goop remover.
- Make a list of any new items you may need for the new
- Please keep aside any cleaning equipment so that you may
use it right away at your new house. Please include in this
list light bulbs!
- Before you pack any of your appliances please clean them
thoroughly and let them dry completely. Especially tip all
the crumbs out of the toaster.
- Be sure to clean out your refrigerator and freezer really
well before moving them. To prevent the fridge from smelling
use one of these ideas: wipe out the fridge with a damp
cloth with vanilla essence, dry out the fridge with a hair
dryer especially the corners, and/or put silica gel in the
fresh department or fine blend coffee in a piece of muslin,
these will soak up any extra moisture. When you have cleaned
out the fridge and defrosted the freezer keep the doors
slightly open to keep the air circulating just before you
- If you are moving with children show them around the new
house just before your move in and answer any questions
they may have.
- See if any of the neighbors have any kids around the same
age as your children.
- Introduce yourselves to your new neighbors.
- Look around your new neighborhood to find out where the
local hospitals are located as well as restaurants and various
forms of entertainment.
- Ask your current attorney, doctor, and dentist for their
recommendations on professionals in your new neighborhood.
- Be sure to transfer any medical records and school records.
- Be sure to remember to discontinue the following services
at your old home: gas, electric, water, phone, newspaper,
cable TV, DSL and other local internet services if you have
them, and cellular phone.
- Be sure to notify the following of your change of address:
post office, credit cards, insurance, magazines, and bank.
- If you have any pets, it will probably be best to move
them first and find a quiet place for them while all the
moving is happening. For example if you have cats put them
in a bathroom with their food, water, and litter box (on
the opposite side of the room away from the food). Then
leave a note on the door "Please do not enter!"
If you have outside dogs put them in the backyard so that
they can get used to their new environment and if you have
lots of windows inside they can watch everything that is
- Smaller caged pets especially easily stressed animals
should be moved last after all the excitement has settled
- Make sure you have plenty of drinks and snacks for the
move. Moving is a lot of hard work!